Powered by Curious Minds @ Crone Middle School

Take your innovation to the next level! Enter the Discovery Ed/3M Young Scientist Challenge

Students, grades 5-8, are invited to create a 1-2 minute video describing a new, innovative solution that could solve an everyday problem. Ten finalists will be chosen for their passion for science, spirit of innovation and ingenuity, and effective communication skills.

Thousands of students nationwide have participated in the competition and winners have gone on to do some amazing things; including speak in front of members of Congress, work with the nation’s top scientists, and pursue academic careers in the sciences.



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Come and join math, science, engineering, & technology experts from a wide variety of careers @ Fermilab, April 22!


  • Meet scientists, engineers, & technicians
  • Ask career questions of the experts
  • Ask experts about educational pathways leading to specific careers
  • Discuss career fields with professional association representatives
  • Attend panel discussions on career areas
  • Access career expo resources

When: April 22, 2015; 5:30-8:30 PM.

Audience: Kane and DuPage County high school students and their parents.

Location: Wilson Hall, Fermilab. Map

Registration: The event is free. No registration is needed, just come!

Sponsors: Cooperative effort of Kane and DuPage county schools, hosted by Fermi National Accelerator Laboratory.

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Dr. Saul Griffith and Mr. Nick Dragotta bring HowToons excitement to Crone!

STEAM Team Presents:  Breakfast with the Authors!  
Crone will host a special event on Friday, March 13, 7:00 a.m. – 7:50 a.m in partnership with Anderson’s Bookshop and Image Comics. 
Come have breakfast and fire up your imaginations with guest authors Dr. Saul Griffith and Nick Dragotta as they present their new book  HowToons: Re(ignition), a combination comic-strip and science experiment.  Everyone is welcome!
Books are for sale in the LMC, or bring this order form to the LMC with payment.

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Engineering Fest – FREE Event in downtown Chicago

CAF Engineering Fest

How do they do that?

Gravity • Sound • Machines • Energy • Electricity • Systems

Saturday, February 21st 10am-4pm
Sunday, February 22nd 10am-4pm
224 S. Michigan Ave. (First Floor)

Just drop in, no tickets needed.

Chicago is known for its architectural and engineering innovations. Have you ever wondered, how they do that? Every day, engineers work to solve crucial problems in the built environment. How do we use less energy? How do we build taller? How do we build movable bridges?

CAF’s EngineeringFest is a two-day celebration of engineering in the built environment. This year’s E-Fest asks, “How do they do that?” and explores the answers through engaging hands-on experiences and demonstrations of six engineering disciplines: civil, environmental, structural, mechanical, electrical and acoustic.

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STEM Open House at Technology Center of DuPage on President’s Day

Here is the link to the registration form:  https://docs.google.com/document/d/1in4nEzlNvJz6rncOoaD33xhs2MmGcHSFLGlwQ7hPV0s/edit?usp=sharing


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Special Guest Speaker on 1/30/15

All 6th, 7th, and 8th grade STEAM Team members are invited to this Friday’s meeting in the cafeteria.  Dr. John Simmins, manager at the Electric Power Research Institute in Knoxville Tennessee will join us via teleconference.  This is a natural progression to the Kidwind turbines, where teams of students have been working in January to generate electricity.  This is the third in our “expert” talk series and is a great way to expose team members to different areas of study and career options in STEAM fields!

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January – March 2015 STEAM Team Upcoming Events

Here are some topics STEAM Team will  explore in the coming months:
  • ​Students will design and build wind turbines to serve various purposes, i.e. to do work or to generate power.  If they choose, they may also read a new book entitled, The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind and hopefully meet the author, William Kamkwamba, when he visits Crone on February 4th.  We will have a special guest, via a Google Hangout, on January 30th.  He is an expert on the Smart Grid, which is how all the electricity gets to your home from the power plant or from your local wind turbine farm.
  • Students will design and print Valentine “trinkets” using the 3D printer, and then sell them to raise money for Pencils of Promise. We’ll also begin working with arduinos toward the end of February and tie in the arts with Doodle for Google.
  • ​We’ll continue our work with arduinos, learning to program these micro processors to for different purposes.
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Shark Tank Competition Results

December 12th was an exciting day for students from the STEAM Team, a STEM based after school enrichment program, at Crone Middle School in Naperville. The students participated in the first ever Crone 2014 Shark Tank competition. The competition was meant to inspire innovation, creativity and entrepreneurship in the spirit of the reality TV series “Shark Tank”. The students delivered all that and more! There were 8 groups of entrepreneurs totaling 21 students who participated in the competition. The projects were both creative and inspiring. The Crone students worked for nearly 3 months to perfect their ideas through hard work, persistence, research and self-directed learning to master the technology required for their respective projects.

 The 2014 Shark Tank projects and participants were:

 Morning Joy by: Nuper K. and Saloni V.

Storymaker by: Rahul K., Naveen B., and John P.

Ecopedometer by: Brendan M., Jake K., Nikhilesh G. and Arya N.

Xducation by: Vedanth G., Aaryan C., and Eric Y.

TBone by: Elijah D. and Soren R.

P.A.C. Sensors by: Praval T., Ansh D., and Carl S.

Water Powered Car by: Shrutika G. and Megan R.

Ecofriendly Bus by: Luke M., Aayush P., and Arjun N.

The STEAM Team was happy to welcome the volunteer judges, Mary Kelly, IPSD, Director of Core Curriculum for Middle schools; Ralph Brown, Consultant; Evelyn D. and Todd K. both student mentors from Neuqua High School. The judges congratulated all the students for their high caliber presentations, hard work, and courageous determination in their projects. The judges announced the winning group to be P.A.C. Sensors by Praval T., Ansh D., and Carl S.. Their project is a product to alert a homeowner to a garage door left open using sensor technology.  The students created a prototype to display and demonstrate for the judges. They utilized several technologies, particularly, Arduino based technology to build their product.

The “Shark Tank” competition was a great success and provided a unique real world experience for these Crone students to stretch their limits educationally and personally. We thank all those who participated including the parent volunteer coaches, Heidi McCluskey, Phil McCluskey, Julie Malinowski and Maura Bencomo, who formulated the idea and help make this event possible with all their hard work. Of course, we would not have been able to create this wonderful opportunity without the support, encouragement and hard work from the Crone educators, Mary Yockey, Sandy Knight and Principal Allan Davenport.

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STEAM Team 2014-15 Shark Tank Launch

Sign-up for the new school year for STEAM Team at:


Shark tank - poster new date


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STEAM Team Summer Grand Finale

Despite the power being out for the first part of our last summer STEAM Team session, students and the administration had a great time learning about robotics, arduino, and soft circuits.

Sun Times article 7/18/2014


Hexapod Robot on a leash

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